Dacia Bigster Concept could lead to a 16,000 Euro budget SUV

As part of Renault’s Renaulution strategy, group company Dacia unveiled a 5 year business plan in January which included the announcement of the Dacia Bigster concept – a C-segment SUV which will see the budget conscious brand sell its most expensive product till date.

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The next 5 years for the French group will see it focus on the Dacia-Lada business unit, with the brand announcing that the Alliance’s (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi) CMF-B platform will be fully leveraged for upcoming products. The CMF-B platform will also give these products the versatility of featuring alternative and hybrid engines, Dacia confirmed, while acknowledging future regulations will be met via this route.

Dacia Bigster Price

French automotive site auto-moto.com has reported that the Dacia Bigster will spawn a production model at an unbeatable price. The trump card for Dacia is the bargain starting price, case in point, the € 8,690 for a Sandero or € 12,490 for a Duster, will be utilized again to bring customers into showrooms, who invariably lock-in the upper trims with better finish and more equipment, the French magazine adds.

The Dacia Bigster’s base price is estimated between € 15,000 and € 17,000 by Auto-moto. At the top of the range, decked out with a hybrid engine with at least 140 hp output, the Bigster would touch € 30,000. This would make it mouth-watering considering the Peugeot 5008, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Nissan X-Trail cost that much for the basic trims.

Exterior & Interior

The Dacia Bigster Concept is described by the company as being a ‘roomy, robust’ SUV meant for ‘open air and dusty roads’. Dacia confirms the SUV measures 4.6 meters in length, which puts it in the ballpark of the world’s best-selling C-segment SUVs. However, given the brand’s heritage of adhering to a strict cost sheet, the production Dacia Bigster will be ‘accessible, at the cost of a vehicle from the segment below’, the company had said in January.

Not much was shared by Dacia about the Bigster concept, but the company promises a ‘very spacious’ interior with generous outside dimensions, and focusses on the ‘genuine-ness’ of the design: There are no chrome, or imitation-aluminium trims, but raw recycled plastics are used for all exterior protective panels.

Dacia Bigster SUV concept profile
The production Bigster SUV will feature alternate and hybrid engines. Image source: Renault.

Dacia Bigster Hybrid

As far as hybrid engines are concerned, the production Dacia Bigster could use a PHEV system similar to that of the B-segment Renault Captur, but with added boost. The Captur’s E-Tech hybrid powertrain sees 160 hp via a 1.6L petrol engine combined with a 9.8 kWh battery and twin electric motors with up to 30 miles (48 km) of electric only range.

Given the Euro 7 norms (full compliance for Euro 7 is expected before 2025), it would be reasonable to expect even entry variants of the Dacia Bigster to feature MHEV (Mild Hybrid with a 48V system).

The CMF-B platform will enable Dacia (and Lada) to move from 4 platforms to 1, and from 18 body types to 11, with a significant emphasis on the crossover/SUV style. For 2021, the company will focus on the ramp up of the new Sandero, in addition to the Logan and the Dacia Spring which is billed as Europe’s most affordable EV city car. By 2025, Dacia will have 3 new models, including the C-segment Bigster SUV.

Dacia Bigster FAQs

What is the Dacia Bigster SUV release date?

The Bigster hybrid is expected to premiere in 2024.

Which SUVs would rival the Dacia Bigster hybrid?

C-segment SUVs including the Toyota RAV4 & Honda CR-V would be targeted by the Bigster with a bargain price.

What will be the price of the Dacia Bigster hybrid?

Dacia says the price of the Bigster will be similar to a segment below. Expect the hybrid variant’s price to start from around 25,000 EUR.

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